Think that coffee stain or oven gunk won't budge? Try these strategies for cleaning a dozen common messes, from crayon on the walls to candle wax on tables.
How to Clean Carpet Stains
Pet urine: Pour club soda on the stain and blot with a towel. Then spray with vinegar and sprinkle on baking soda, which helps neutralize the odor. Vacuum up the baking soda when dry.
Gum*: Apply an analgesic heat rub, like Bengay, to the gummed-up area, then heat with a hair dryer on low. Press a plastic sandwich bag (plastic wrap won't work) on the gum; pull it away.
Clay: Fill a ziplock bag halfway with water and freeze flat. Place on top of the clay for five minutes until frozen, then use a plastic spatula to scrape it up.
Coffee*: Beat an egg yolk and work it into the stain with a washcloth for one minute. Leave for five minutes, then rinse with warm water.
*Be sure to test first on a small, hidden patch.